Bugs Torments Fudd For No Good Reason in Wabbit Twouble (1941)
I can never remember how you spell Elmer Fudd.
Is it Pfudd, Phudd, or the correct Fudd? (had to confirm yet again today) Here is Elmer, portlier than customary
and therefore less mobile, being victimized by Bugs Bunny where the man is
merely trying to enjoy his camp-out in peace (no gun with Fudd this time, which
makes Bugs' aggression the more off-putting). So Elmer isn't there to hunt the
rabbit, putting our sympathy square with him as obnoxious wildlife, none more
so than BB, does their uncalled-for stuff. Bob Clampett had anything-goes
attitude regarding Bugs, not like Chuck Jones later on who insisted the rabbit
be provoked into mischief. I don't come to the debate fairly for lifelong
antipathy toward Bugs, him way down my list of likes behind Porky, Road
Runner, Sylvester, Hubie/Bertie, and all time favorite, Daffy Duck. Bugs had
confidence we needed to win a war (Wabbit Twouble released right after Pearl Harbor), but I always found him smug. Once, at age
four, I asked my mother for a raw carrot so as to emulate the Bunny's eating
habit, and yecch, he could have it. From that dire beginning, Bugs and I could
find no common ground.